From the Word: 25 On that occasion, Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to babes. 26 Yes, Father, for this was favorable in your view. (Matthew 11:25–26)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Introduction
Oh, what mad, insensible fools we are that, while we must always live and dwell among such mighty enemies as the devils, we nonetheless despise our weapons and defense, too lazy to consider even them.
Pulling It Together: There are those who take no thought of the Bible, or even the Word in brief, speaking of the Catechism. They are either too dull or too brilliant. One way or another, they are too big for their britches. Some will not keep a simple discipline of reading and prayer. Others consider the Catechism — and even the Bible — the textbook of children. And right they are! To little disciples such as these belongs the kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:14).
Prayer: Create in me, O Lord, the heart of a little child. Amen.
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Teach Us to Pray is an eight lesson curriculum based around Luther's Small Catechism. Each lesson has a Bible study connected to the article of the Lord's Prayer covered. A section entitled "About Prayer" teaches students helpful items about a solid prayer life and a prayer assignment for the coming week. A major goal of this material is to help kids experience prayer and practice it in a variety of ways. This book could be used as part of a larger Confirmation series, or as a "pre-confirmation" Sunday School series for Jr. High and Middle School youth.